Hello and welcome to Arlet’s cosy new digital space!
We now have a new website, complete with music links, photos, videos and the group blog. The first thank you for sorting this out for us, and for his continuing moral and digital support, goes to web designer and West Country powerhouse Alaric King. The yellow print of the boat which we’ve used for the website artwork and January tour poster (see below) was made by our very own Rosie Holden, inspired after a Springtime visit to Dungeness in 2011.
As you potter about the pages, you may come across a rather sumptious biography written by psychedelic mathematician, saz virtuoso and Canterbury Sound historian Matthew Watkins. Second big thanks go to Matt for his inspiring words, books, podcasts and impromptu festival maths lectures.
We are delighted to announce the release of our debut EP, which you can sample from our website. It will be available in January on BandCamp and Dawn Chorus. We made this earlier in 2012 in the beautiful hall at Canterbury Steiner School. We would like to give an extra special thank you to the Steiner School and Larry Klatzko for so generously handing over the keys for the weekend and allowing it all to happen. For his support from the very beginning, the first experimental recordings and for engineering and co-producing the EP sessions, a big thank you also to Barney Pidgeon (Zoo For You).
The EP contains 4 of our tunes, with the surprise inclusion of a remix from Seth Deuchar (Boot Lagoon). Seth’s currently studying Electronic Music at the Guildhall in London. Controversial move sticking a remix on our first EP, but after hearing it we hope you will understand. She’s a beauty.
London-based artist Olivia Lay is currently preparing a limited edition hand-made pressing of 100 CDs, packaged in a bespoke linen-based sleeve. We can’t wait to share it with you!
We’re very excited about our January tour which will soon be upon us. We’re playing 4 shows in Kent and a couple of really nice London venues. Rehearsals are going well! We’ve reworked some older tunes with the latest Arlet contributor, Andy Renshaw, on bodhran. It’s the first time we’ve ever had a percussionist on board and it’s introducing a whole new dynamic which we’re having fun exploring. Aidan’s also introduced two new tunes into our expanding set list. We can’t wait to share it all with you.
There is already much excitement in store for 2013, including plans for recording at Wicker Studios with Dawn Chorus, the release of an Arlet Remixed compilation EP and more extensive touring and collaborations for later in the year.
Enjoy the music, the new website, and best wishes for a Happy 2013 from us all.